Starting a garden from scratch? Start right

  • Article by: Jeff Gillman , Contributing Writer
  • Updated: March 24, 2009 - 1:05 PM

If you're starting a garden from scratch, start it right.

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recruitergMar. 25, 0910:43 AM

While you are at it, pour yourself a shot of Round Up and throw it back...mmm tasty... Seriously folks, don't use chemicals in or around your vegetable garden. There are numerous ways to remove turf without the use of harmful chemicals.

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rnvhillMar. 25, 0912:43 PM

To get rid of turf simply slice around the garden with a spade (flat blade with no edge lip) then slice the inside into 2-3 foot squares. Smaller for people with less strength or wetter sod. Get the spade underneath the first edge and then holding the blade falt - get down on your knees - simply slice off the grass like you were making sod to sell. You can reuse it if you need to or simply leave it upside down in the sun, a patio or driveway will accelerate the kiling. When doing your inital garden tilling to incorporte the compost simply place the sod upside down at the bottom to finish dying and rot away out of sight. If you are concerning about it soming back up place several sheets of star tribune over it. Although some will argue the inksare inorganic and dangerous to have in the dirt the paper will prevent any shoots from coming through long enough before it rots too. You could always buy a sod cutter tool if you prefer the manual approach with the proper tool which stops you getting down on your knees or rent a sod cutter machine from a local rent a center for a more mechanical approach. If you buy a sod cutter it works better with the edge being sharpened a bit, use a file to do this.

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mdernstMar. 25, 09 3:20 PM

Does the vinegar method kill other things as well (bushes, perennials)? Does having that vinegar in the soil hurt veggies planted in the soil later? Can I use vinegar on grass near veggies that are already planted?

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